Feb 28

Frank Underwood on ‘The Colbert Report’

Frank Underwood on The Colbert Report

Frank Underwood on ‘The Colbert Report’ | ‘House of Cards’ Season 3, Episode 1 (Chapter 27)

Season 2 of ‘House of Cards‘ ended with Frank Underwood being appointed President of the United States. Now six months into his new job, Season 3 sees Frank, a man used to winning, hit more than a few roadblocks. In one of the first signs of trouble for the newly appointed President, Frank struggles to explain a new jobs program while appearing as a guest on ‘The Colbert Report’, which Stephen Colbert is still hosting in the ‘House of Cards’ universe.

The full episode is available on Netflix, or you can full the full clip of Frank’s interview on Vulture.

*Please note: For those who have not watched the series, or completed season 2, the above clips contain spoilers.

(Thank you to StephenSmile64 and Clem for the Tip!)

Jan 28

Former ‘Colbert Report’ Intern Recalls ‘Greatest Place to Work’

Ben Goldman and Stephen Colbert

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Former Colbert Report intern Ben Goldman shares “entrepreneurial” lessons he learned from working on the show, posting about his experience on Reddit and also his new mobile app, Qork:

One of the most poignant memories I have of my time at TCR was the company culture. Ridiculous artwork of Stephen hung on all the walls, and props rested on all the shelves like historic artifacts. Staff and crew ate together in communal spaces and went out for drinks nearly every Thursday night. There was mutual respect among everyone, a feature that began at the top with Stephen himself who would know the name of every employee and intern that worked on the show. The result was that we were united in our obsession with the product being great.

At one point, a script supervisor told me very seriously “This is the greatest place in the world to work, it never gets better than this.” The intense love the team had for working at the show, where people were cool and the product was great, is one of the main reasons the show succeeded.

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Stephen Colbert is a genius, without a doubt in my mind. But he didn’t let that get in the way of hiring people who were smarter, and perhaps even funnier, than he is. Some of his writers were truly prodigal in their ability to write jokes, and Colbert would encourage them relentlessly. During every “commercial break,” he’d have a stable of writers and showrunners go up to his desk to give him notes and Stephen would listen to everything they said before continuing the show.

One time during a taping when a pre-filmed segment was airing, I watched Stephen talk to one of the showrunners and ask about who wrote that bit. He was utterly impressed and a few months later, that writer was promoted to head writer.

Full article: Qork

Jan 25

Alex Schuler Talks Stunt Work on ‘The Colbert Report’

Alex Schuler with Stephen Colbert and Nancy Pelosi

In the penultimate week of ‘The Colbert Report’, you may recall Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi threw down some pretty neat moves on a BMX during the last installment of ‘Better Know a District’. Turns out it wasn’t actually Nancy Pelosi, but stuntman Alex Schuler. A rider from North Carolina, Alex recently joined the film industry as a stuntman, and has already had the opportunity to work on some big projects. In an interview with Vital BMX he speaks about his experiences working on ‘The Colbert Report’ and his upcoming projects.

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Jan 20

‘The Colbert Report’ Best of 2014 Articles

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It is no surprise to us, the Colbert Nation, that The Colbert Report was cited in many Best of 2014 articles. The last year of The Report will never be forgotten. This groundbreaking show will live on forever. After all, “Stephen Colbert” is immortal. Check out these articles from around the web and give us your thoughts in the comment section.

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Jan 16

The Colbert Report: Immortal Satire

A Look Back at “The Colbert Report’s” great satirical moments reveals how the show will live on in the public consciousness, long after its finale.

Stephen Colbert on Stack of Bibles

Rebellious and somehow still reverent, “The Colbert Report” was an equal-opportunity Truthiness Revealer in its treatment of hot-button sociopolitical issues.

Stephen Colbert is King of the Internet. He has been regularly memed, tumblerized, quoted, cited, blogged about, tweeted about, celebrated and possibly inflated by the media, cruelly deflated by the media, and so on, throughout his long nine-year run hosting The Colbert Report. In whatever light he is cast, Stephen Colbert and his team’s brand of satire on The Colbert Report will continue to ripple out for a long, long time. The invocation of his name on every piece of the internet-o-sphere is no accident, but rather a reflection of his influence and appeal. However, this phenomenon took years to develop, and required that the show adapt and grow. Increasingly, the show ventured off the set and took its improvisational games out into the real world in order to reach its satirical goals. In this post, I will explore some of the pivotal events that resulted. Its malleable nature notwithstanding, the program’s core concept of exposing “truthiness” has remained intact, and has not only become popularized, but immortalized; therefore, its message will linger in public consciousness for years to come.

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